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Lycoming County Rape Arrest

A man is locked up, charged with raping a woman in Lycoming County.

Sherman Keller, 29, from Williamsport was arrested Tuesday.

According to court papers, Keller met the 19-year-old woman Saturday after contacting her on Facebook.

The woman told police she fell asleep and woke up to find Keller undressing her.

She said she tried to get away but couldn't.

Keller is now locked up on $100,000 bail.

 

Woman Accused of Child Sex Crimes

A woman from Lycoming County is accused of sexually assaulting a young boy.

According to court records, Teri Mann, 35, of Jersey Shore was caring for the the 12-year-old boy in her home last October when the molestation allegedly happened.

She is locked up in the Lycoming County jail on $75,000 bail, charged with rape of a child, sexual assault and a number of related crimes.

Pennsylvanians Await Governor's Budget Address

Governor Tom Corbett will unveil his latest budget proposal Tuesday in Harrisburg.

Last year, the Republican who campaigned on tightening belts, so to speak, followed through with funding cuts across the board.

This year, Pennsylvanians are bracing for more of the same.

Last year, Governor Corbett slashed funding for public education and kept his promise not to raise taxes.

Now, many people wonder how the governor will try to make up another multi-million dollar budget shortfall and who will pay.

Inside Hope Enterprises in Williamsport, people are hard at work putting boxes together. Hope receives most of its funding from the state government and in turn, helping people with developmental disabilities.

Things are tight these days after Hope Enterprises lost more than $1 million in state funding last year, said Executive Director Jim Campbell.

Fire Engine Crash

A woman was hurt Monday morning when her car collided with a fire truck.

It happened just before 11 a.m. on Arch Street in Williamsport.

The Old Lycoming Township fire truck was being moved from Williamsport City Fire Headquarters when it collided with the car.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

No one on the truck was hurt.

The fire engine was towed from the scene to be checked for damage.

Arch Street in Williamsport was closed for about an hour after the crash.

MTV's "Jersey Shore" in PA?

A story that's been generating quite the buzz comes from Central Pennsylvania.

Jersey Shore has said no thanks to the possibility of a reality series with MTV.

Not that the cable network ever had any serious interest in filming a spin-off of"Jersey Shore"in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County.

However, a public relations stunt got people talking about it quite a bit.

Jersey Shore in Lycoming County might share the same name as MTV's popular reality series.

Beyond that, however, the two have had nothing else in common, until now.

After Hoboken, New Jersey said no thanks to a spin-off of Jersey Shore a local film office suggested MTV should do it here, and pretty soon, the whole community was talking.

“They're out nightclubbing and all that stuff, party girls, fancy hair and makeup. What are they going to find, too cold to go down the river," Said Bonnie Walk of Jersey Shore.

Inmate Charged with Sex Crimes

A man already locked up in the Lycoming County jail faces new charges of rape and related charges.

Police in South Williamsport said a girl reported she was sexually assaulted January first.

Thursday officers charged Stanley Bennet of South Williamsport with rape, unlawful contact with a minor, furnishing alcohol to minors, and related crimes.

Bennet remains jailed in Lycoming County.

DEP Investigating Three Spills at Gas Well

State environmental officials are investigating three separate spills at a gas well pad in Lycoming County.

It is not the first time the company Pennsylvania General Energy has been in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's crosshairs.

Last spring residents along Pine Creek north of Jersey Shore were outraged when high waters washed away a temporary stone dam.

The dam was put in the creek by PGE, but did not have proper approval from the state.

Now some of those same residents are concerned after three spills at the same PGE natural gas well pad near the creek.

Mark Givler lives where Ramsey Run empties into Pine Creek along Route 44 north of Jersey Shore. Recently Givler heard there had been a spill at a gas well pad less than a mile from his home. He began to worry that whatever had spilled might have made its way into his well water.